The Northern Lights Community School (NLCS) YES! Club has been busy promoting environmental awareness throughout the community. The YES! Club is a team of students that generate environmental projects and green school initiatives throughout the community. Over the course of the school year, the NLCS YES! Team put up flyers around the school and gave presentations on tips to protect the environment. The YES! Club broke into four different groups to develop environmentally focused curriculum that they could teach to students of a younger generation. Each group of students selected a specific environmental topic that would resonate with younger students. The specific topics that the groups taught included: recycling, waste reduction, how pollution hurts animals, and pollution prevention tips. The YES! Club students know that younger students look up to them and wanted to set a great example of environmental awareness and responsibility. If the younger students see that it is cool to care about the environment it is a great lesson for the next generation. The NLCS YES! Club then traveled to Hill City School and Floodwood School. At Hill City and Floodwood Schools the NLCS YES! Club taught the environmental curriculum they developed to fourth grade classes at both school. The response from the both fourth grade classes was overwhelmingly positive. The teachers involved believe the NLCS YES! Club students made an impact on the future generation of students in our community. The fourth grade students learned specific ways to protect the environment, but more importantly that protecting the environmental is a cool thing to do.
NLCS student wins the People’s Choice Award at Mt. Iron Earth Day event for an environmental wetlands project. On April 22nd 2017 Cole Ruff presented his outdoor wetland project at Mt. Iron Earth day. Cole has been analyzing the chemical and biological processes of wetland ecosystems. The wetland used in the study is located on the western border of the school grounds. The project focused on how the wetland behaved like a filtration system of road runoff from Highway Two. Slowing down saline infiltration into the groundwater systems. Cole is also mentoring younger students at NLCS to continue project sustainability. Cole plans to pursue a biology degree in college.